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'Nordic Concertos'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Nordic Concertos'

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'Nordic Concertos' (R)

Crusell Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 (a) Hillborg Clarinet Concerto, 'Peacock Tales' (b) Holmboe Clarinet Concerto No 3, Op 21 (c) Rehnqvist Clarinet Concerto, 'On a Distant Shore' (d)

(a) Ostgota Symphony Wind Ensemble / Arie van Beek; (b) Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen; (c) Aalborg Symphony Orchestra / Owain Arwel Hughes; (d) Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Petter Sundkvist

BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2123 C76' * DDD/DSD) From BIS-CD818 (1/98); Ondine 0DE1006-2 (11/03); BIS-CD1176 (4/05); BIS-CD1396

Frost is the star of the show here. Not that the four accompanying orchestras and conductors are anything but exemplary accompanists; in each work, soloist, orchestra and conductor prove models of co-operation in bringing the visions of four very disparate composers to life.

I had the pleasure of reviewing the recording of Peacock Tales (1998--designed as a multimedia composition but working beautifully as absolute music) on its first appearance on an all-Hillborg disc from Ondine. I was immediately struck by its kaleidoscopic range of moods and expression, and time has not dulled its sense of exuberant excitement. Holmboe's Concerto No 3 is a masterpiece of neoclassicism and one of the Dane's finest utterances. …

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